Turner Gets Admitted but Remains Soft Verbal

Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo cornerback Marcus Turner was an early commit to Stanford but he recently softened his stance with the Cardinal. Turner talks about his recent acceptance into Stanford and where his recruitment stands...

Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo cornerback Marcus Turner (6-0, 180) had committed to Stanford in June, giving the Cardinal an early commitment. But in late October, Turner decided to open things up, somewhat, in his recruitment.

"I was opening up my recruitment to see some of my other options," said Turner. "I wanted to cover all of my steps because I hadn't been accepted yet to Stanford."

While the former hasn't changed, the latter has.

"I found out last week that I was accepted," said Turner. "It was very relieving to get admitted. It is nice to know that aside from playing football, my academics could get me into a school like Stanford."

Turner also clarified his stance with Stanford.

"I'm still committed to them, but it's not solid because I still want to see some of my options," said Turner. "I'm still a soft verbal there and if Signing Day were tomorrow, I'd definitely sign with Stanford."

Turner said that two schools have been showing interest in him, Fresno State and UCLA, his childhood favorite and the school his father, former NFL defensive back Marcus Turner Sr., played.

"UCLA has picked up the interest a little," said Turner. "Coach [Eric] Scott and Coach [DeWayne] Walker said they just want me to send some more film and want to see some more of me. So I'm giving them what they want. I was at the game this weekend with Arizona State. I'm trying to see how that works out. If they offered me, I'd have to consider it. But I'm still leaning towards Stanford."

Turner said the Stanford coaching staff understood his position, which he appreciated.

"They understood why, because a lot of guys have to worry about if they're going to get accepted," said Turner. "I just wanted to cover all of my bases and find out if I got admitted."

Turner has already visited Stanford, taking a trip there in September when the Cardinal hosted Oregon.

"It was nice, I had a lot of fun on that trip," said Turner. "I got to meet with the coaches and some of the other people at the school, and I really liked it. Richard Sherman was my host on my trip and he's really cool."

Turner's senior season came to a close last weekend in a loss to Millikan.

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